Biden or Trump: Tyranny wins and liberty loses either way – Part III

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Biden or Trump: Tyranny wins and liberty loses either way – Part III

As the 2024 election draws near, two things remain clear: 1) There are no discernable policy differences between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, and 2) Tyranny wins and liberty loses regardless of which one of them is elected.

In Part I of this series, we looked at how Biden and Trump embraced various forms of COVID tyranny. In Part II, we examined their mutually shared views concerning the tyranny of abortion. In Part III, we will document their simpatico policies in the area of illegal immigration.

Having served as Obama’s vice president for eight years, Joe Biden clearly had a role in the disastrous immigration policies his former boss pushed on the American people, usually using his pen and phone to do so. Two of Obama’s most notable policies were his 2012 executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — later known as DREAMers — and his 2014 executive order granting amnesty and “legal status” for millions of adult illegal immigrants who would later become known as Democrat voters. Obama’s amnesty order would later be ruled unconstitutional by the 5th Circuit of Appeals, a decision upheld by the US Supreme Court.

But after beating Donald Trump, Joe Biden picked up where his former boss left off.

After taking office in January 2021, Biden acted on a number of fronts to advance Obama’s immigration policies by immediately issuing a memo to protect DACA and DREAMers, and he ordered the Department of Homeland Security to take “all appropriate actions under the law” to preserve the program. He also called on Congress to provide a pathway to citizenship for illegals covered under the program.

This led to a lawsuit being filed by Texas and a coalition of states against the administration on the grounds that DACA violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Constitution. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen agreed and blocked DACA enforcement (via FOX News):

Judge Andrew Hanen, a Texas judge, found that the Department of Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in creating the policy. He found that the policy was implemented unlawfully and ordered DHS to stop approving DACA applications, although he said it could continue to accept applications and that it does not affect the status of any current DACA recipients.

“DACA would grant lawful presence and work authorization to over a million people for whom Congress had made no provision and has consistently refused to make such a provision,” Hanen wrote.

Biden appealed Hanen’s ruling, calling the decision “deeply disappointing.” Biden also pointed out that “only Congress can ensure a permanent solution by granting a path to citizenship for DREAMers that will provide the certainty and stability that these young people need and deserve.”

Biden has also taken steps to restore Obama’s executive amnesty plan, a plan that would provide millions of illegal immigrants already in the country a pathway to legal status. Under Biden’s proposal, an eight-year path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants would be created while updating existing family-based immigration systems.

Recently, Biden addressed his plan to “update” family-based immigration when he recently announced plan to grant amnesty to over one million spouses who entered the US illegally before marrying American citizens.

You can find out more about Biden’s Obama-esque immigration agenda in this 2022 report by the Pew Research Center.

After eight years under Obama’s “leadership,” illegal immigration was a big issue in the 2016 election, and Donald Trump played the “never let a crisis go waste” card to leverage that concern. Trump promised to build a wall and “have Mexico pay for it” and he promised to overturn his predecessor’s DACA executive order. In reality, Trump was hiding the fact that he agreed with Obama’s pro-amnesty executive orders.

Republicans promised to work with Donald Trump to “rescind” DACA and fix the illegal immigration problem, but just like abortion, government spending, and pretty much every other conservative priority, they used the issue to raise money and steal votes with no intention of rescinding it because they fully support and want to save it.

In an interview with Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Trump was asked about his plan to rescind Obama’s DACA and DREAM Act executive orders and how he planned to deal with illegal immigrants already in the country under the orders. In his usual non-specific way, Trump assured Todd “that it will work out so well” that he will insist on another interview near the end of Trump’s first term and would declare “What a great job you’ve done, President Trump.”

After winning the 2016 election, Time Magazine named Trump their “Person of the Year.” In his interview with Time, Trump was asked about the millions of DREAMers in the country at the time due to Obama’s DACA executive order and his promise to deport them. His answer confirmed his equivocation on the matter.

“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Just weeks after moving into the White House, Trump made it clear that he had no intention of doing anything to overturn DACA when he decided to keep Obama’s order in place, thus allowing one million DREAMers — the estimated number at the time — to stay in the country.

A few months after his inauguration, Donald Trump took another step to support of illegal immigration when he issued his fake executive order “rescinding” Obama’s DACA order. Instead of rescinding it, he gave Congress six months to make it permanent . . . or else. In other words, he lied.

In January 2018, Trump introduced what he called “a bill of love” to fix DACA. In a meeting with Democrats at the time, Trump admitted that his position on DACA would be whatever Congress tells him it should be, and he agreed to sign any bill brought to his desk because he had “confidence” Congress would come up with something “really good.” He also promised to “take the heat” from his base for lying about ending DACA.

In January 2019, Trump appointed son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner to the Gang of Twenty, a group created to revive Lindsey Graham’s Gang of Eight for the purpose of creating a plan to grant amnesty and an eventual pathway to citizenship for millions of so-called DREAMers by making DACA permanent in exchange for border wall funding. One of the proposals coming from Kushner and Graham was an offer to Democrats to save DACA in exchange for border wall funding . . . WITHOUT CONDITIONS!

In the days leading up to the 2020 election, and with his chance of victory fading away, Trump announced that he would be signing “a very major immigration bill” that would provide a “road to citizenship” to the innumerable illegal aliens enrolled in Obama’s DACA program. Though he referred to it as a “bill,” he confirmed that he would use an executive order to accomplish the task:

Donald Trump never intended to rescind DACA, and he has always favored creating a path to citizenship for the hundreds-of-thousands millions of illegal immigrants already in the country. He just wanted it re-branded with his name on it instead of Obama’s.

As the 2024 election approaches, illegal immigration, DACA, and amnesty — whether through Joe Biden or Donald Trump — will guarantee that tyranny wins and liberty loses.


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